As you might expect, scaffolding for historic buildings needs to be specifically constructed and designed. If permission has been granted for maintenance or conservation work, the scaffolding should be custom made specifically for the type of work required. At M R Scaffolding, we have created a range of specialised scaffolding heritage buildings. For over two decades, we have provided scaffolding for many historic building projects.
Why is scaffolding a vital part of historic building projects?
If scaffolding is not erected correctly, it could cause severe damage to materials that are often hundreds of years old. These can be extremely expensive to repair and, in some cases, it is even impossible for the stone or woodwork to be restored identically. Once a historic building is damaged, details are lost, and it is forever scarred. Our heritage scaffolding services help to make restoration possible to keep these historical buildings from being lost.
How does scaffolding cause issues for historic buildings?
Some negligent scaffolders may be unaware of the potential for damage, but problems usually arise because of a lack of care and forward planning. Historic buildings require extra care and attention to detail and professional scaffolders who are prepared to work closely with the client to ensure that expectations are met. Before any heritage scaffolding is carried out, our experienced team will carefully assess the needs and requirements of the project to minimise any issues.
Some types of scaffolds are less likely to cause damage than others. Here is a guide to the different types of structures commonly used:
Independent tied scaffolds – These are used to provide access for exterior painting or maintenance jobs. They are usually fastened to a building for additional security, which is not advisable for fragile historic buildings. M R Scaffolding offers several solutions such as fastening the scaffold to a birdcage framework scaffold or additional buttresses when providing scaffolding to historic buildings.
Putlog scaffolds – Putlog scaffolds should not be used near the facades of historic buildings as holes need to be cut for the putlog bearings.
Support scaffolding or shoring – Temporary building works are often required either because there is a danger of collapse of part of the structure or because a crucial supporting member needs to be removed for replacement or renovation. Shoring is often required to bear cumbersome loads, and the risk posed to members of the public and the historic fabric by a faulty design must not be minimised.
If the client or scaffolder opt for shoring as the chosen method, they must be advised that the correct installation process must be utilised to avoid any harm or damage to the building. A structural engineer or similarly qualified person must properly design shoring.
Planning ahead is key – The design of the heritage scaffolding work should be carefully considered well in advance of the building work. We always ensure that this is carried out right at the beginning, at the planning stage.
We have sustained a reputation for our high-end customer service and knowledge, by getting involved in the early stages, we assist our clients with bespoke solutions to suit their heritage scaffolding projects.
Health and Safety – In addition to the pressing need to preserve ancient buildings, bespoke scaffolding solutions are often necessary for each project to guarantee optimum levels of health and safety. It is essential to ensure that each member of the team is briefed and made aware of the historical worth of the building and the fabrics and that this will involve certain levels of extra care and consideration.
If you are looking for a reliable, reputable heritage scaffolding specialist to provide the framework for your heritage project, we’re here to help. Get in touch with a member of our team today.